Pittsburgh Symphony’s new “PSO360” concert series, with audience onstage

Posted on: May 22, 2018

“Heinz Hall doesn’t have a smaller chamber music hall for recitals and more intimate concerts,” writes Jeremy Reynolds in Monday’s (5/21) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “To mitigate this, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this season debuted a new concert format, PSO360, where the audience sits in a ring around the performers onstage. On Saturday … violinist Augustin Hadelich delivered a masterful recital alongside musicians from the PSO for the final 360 concert this season. The ensemble faced one direction for the first half of the concert and turned around for the second…. Hearing Heinz from a musician’s perspective was delightful….  Mr. Hadelich played music by Stravinsky … Paganini, Francisco Coll and Eugene Ysaye.… His Paganini interpretation is surely one of the best in the world today, and his performance of Mr. Coll’s (b. 1985) music added a contemporary tinge to the program…. A small string orchestra opened the concert with Rossini’s Sonata No. 3 in C major…. These concerts are a chance to hear the PSO up close and personal, and the musicians didn’t disappoint. Mr. Hadelich and the PSO musicians closed with Haydn’s Concerto No. 1…. PSO360 returns next season with five featured soloists on five separate evenings throughout the year.”

Posted May 22, 2018